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Sunday, January 21, 2007

More overseas environment experts to be invited for combating pollution

BEIJING, Jan. 20 (Xinhua) -- China will attract an increasing number of environmental protection professionals from overseas in 2007 to help combat pollution and save energy.

information was released by the State Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs (SAFEA) recently at its national work conference.

year, China reported 161 pollution accidents, or one every other day.

pollution caused 511.8 billion yuan (about 64 billion U.S. dollars) in economic losses in 2004, amounting to 3.05 percent of GDP that year.

country will also make efforts to attract more professionals of information technology, biology and aerospace technology this year, according to the conference.

250,000 foreign experts and 150,000 experts from Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan were invited by government to work for Chinese mainland in 2006, while nearly 40,000 Chinese mainlanders were sent to overseas for studying by government, according to the conference.

industry attracted the largest number of overseas talents in 2006, followed by service industry and real estate industry.

contributed the biggest expert contingent for China last year, followed by the United States and the Republic of Korea (ROK).

overseas talents worked in all the 31 provinces, autonomous regions and municipalities on Chinese mainland last year, but the flourishing Guangdong, Shanghai and Jiangsu topped others in the aspect of attracting overseas experts.

Yunshi, the SAFEA director, said at the conference that the government will draw excellent overseas experts through holding a series of personnel exchange fairs this year.

said government deemed headhunting companies and other international intermediate organizations are playing bigger role in recommending high-end professionals.

SAFEA is seeking to establish stable cooperation relationship with more international personnel exchange organizations, he said.

than 370 overseas personnel exchange organizations have been allowed by SAFEA to help introduce overseas talents to work on Chinese mainland.

SAFEA will also strive to make Internet the more important platform for recruiting overseas experts, said Ji.

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